2017 news archive
Catching success: Humpty Doo Barramundi celebrates further expansion
Territory success story Humpty Doo Barramundi is celebrating the commissioning of a new set of ponds to complete its expansion, after demand for its saltwater barra has continued to climb.
The Northern Territory Government’s Memorandum of Cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has already seen the local business dip a toe in the export market by sending fresh barra to be tested by sashimi chefs in Singapore and Tokyo. Humpty Doo Barramundi is hoping this latest expansion will allow it to engage even more with overseas markets.
Space base launches into next critical step
The Chief Minister today welcomed the announcement that Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) and Gumatj Corporation have secured land in North East Arnhem Land to establish Australia’s first commercial space centre.
The Northern Territory Government has also signed a Project Facilitation Agreement (PFA) with ELA, Gumatj and Developing East Arnhem Limited to work together to support the first phase of the Arnhem Space Centre.
Read the full media release on space base launches into next critical step.
Roadmap to renewables report released
The Chief Minister today released the hovernment’s Roadmap to Renewables report marking a big step towards delivering on the Northern Territory Government's target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.
The Chief Minister said the report set out a credible path for the Northern Territory to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunity presented by the rapid shift to renewable energy across the globe.
Read the full media release on Roadmap to Renewables report released.
Chief Minister to lead major investor delegation
The Northern Territory’s investment potential will be showcased to an international audience when the Chief Minister and the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources lead a business, industry and government delegation to the Northern Australian Investment Forum (NAIF)
The Team NT delegation will attend the forum - which connects high-level investors from around the world with projects - in Cairns from Sunday to Tuesday this week.
Agricultural opportunities highlighted in the Katherine region
To support the Northern Territory Government’s development of Katherine as an agribusiness and logistics hub, the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources today launched the Agribusiness Potential of the Big Rivers Region document in Katherine.
Supporting resources sector success
The resources sector is a vital contributor to the Territory economy and jobs, and Minister for Primary Industry and Resources today outlined what the Northern Territory Government is doing to attract more investment in the industry.
Addressing the sector's main players at the NT Major Projects Conference in Darwin, the minister highlighted the steps being taken.
Read the full media release on supporting resources sector success.
Creating jobs and boosting the economy - gold mine expansion
The Chief Minister officially opened the US$120 million (A$154 million) expansion of Newmont’s Tanami Operations at Granites Gold Mine.
The expansion will allow Newmont to produce up to an additional 80 000 ounces of gold per year.
Space MOU set to beam jobs to Territorians
The Northern Territory Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South Australian and Australian Capital Territory governments to grow and develop Australia’s space industry.
The MOU comes as the Chief Minister attends the International Astronautical Conference in Adelaide, the largest space event in the world that provides an opportunity to promote Australia’s space capabilities to global industry players.
Read the full media release on space MOU set to beam jobs to Territorians.
NT plans to rocket ahead in space race
The Northern Territory Chief Minister will seek an audience with NASA next week when the 'Olympics of space' visits Adelaide, as Aboriginal groups push on with plans to launch rockets from Arnhem Land and take the country's oldest civilisation into its newest industry.
NT is among those jurisdictions competing to host new space-related businesses in Australia. In July, The Australian revealed that Equatorial Launch Australia was in talks with traditional owners about launching small satellites from a site about 600km east of Darwin.
Read the full article on NT plans to rocket ahead in space race.
Major milestone for job-creating ship lift
A Project Development Agreement (PDA) has been signed between the Northern Territory Government and the Paspaley Group to deliver a Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project - a major milestone that paves the way for hundreds of construction and ongoing jobs for Territorians.
The Chief Minister said the Ship Lift Facility would drive local industry, create local jobs and consolidate Darwin’s position as a hub for marine maintenance and servicing.
Read the full media release on major milestone for job-creating ship lift.
Project Sea Dragon
The Northern Territory Government has reached a key project agreement with Seafarms to develop one of the world’s largest aquaculture projects.
The finalisation of the Project Development Agreement sees Seafarms Group commit to establishing its headquarters for Project Sea Dragon and the relocation of its ASX registered office to Darwin.
Read the full article on Project Sea Dragon.
Significant milestone to pave way for NT jobs
The Northern Territory Government has reached a key project agreement with Seafarms to develop of one of the world’s largest aquaculture projects, signalling a huge vote of confidence in the Territory economy and paving the way for the creation of hundreds of jobs.
The Chief Minister said the finalisation of the Project Development Agreement sees Seafarms Group commit to establishing its headquarters for Project Sea Dragon and the relocation of its ASX registered office in Darwin.
Mega prawn farm Project Sea Dragon nets Indigenous Land Use Agreement in northern Australia
Plans to build one of the world's largest prawn farms on a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory have taken a major step with native title holders supporting the project and signing an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for its development on Legune Station.
If the ambitious $2 billion project goes ahead at full-scale, up to 100 000 tonnes of black tiger prawns will be produced each year for export.
Creating jobs and backing Territory businesses
The Minister for Primary Industry and Resources will help launch the Territory’s largest industry exhibition in Darwin this week, delivering a keynote speech at the event.
The minister said NT Resources Week, which combines the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference (SEAAOC), Mining the Territory and Building the Territory, is an excellent opportunity for the Northern Territory Government to help support the growth of the resources sector and its support industries, and showcase investment opportunities and the local service and supply capabilities across these sectors.
Snapping up jobs: The NT’s $100 million crocodile boom
The Territory’s crocodile farming industry has been independently valued for the first time with figures showing the real contribution of the Top End icon at $106.7 million - more than four times previously estimated.
Supporting innovation = Creating jobs into the future
A world-first commercial 3D printer that was invented in the Territory has the potential to revolutionise manufacturing technology, the Chief Minister said today.
The Chief Minister said the printer - which the Northern Territory Government is investing in - will form the centrepiece of a new industrial research hub to be based at Charles Darwin University.
The hub will pave the way for the creation of jobs into the future for Territorians as well as generating new and exciting economic opportunities in the Northern Territory.
Trade and Investment roundtable
The 5th Korea–Northern Territory Trade and Investment Roundtable was held in Darwin last week.
The roundtable was an opportunity to strengthen mutual collaborations between the Northern Territory and Korea and showcase trade and investment opportunities in the Territory.
Discussions covered investment opportunities in the mineral and energy, agribusiness, tourism infrastructure sectors.
Korea is our sixth largest export market and are linked to major projects in the Northern Territory through the petroleum industry.
Korea recently completed construction of the Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility which is now on its way to waters off North West Australia.
The Northern Territory will play a significant role in the supply chain for Prelude, through the Darwin Supply base and other contractors who will manage warehousing, maintenance and logistics.
In addition, the Central Processing Facility for the INPEX led Ichthys LNG project was built in South Korea at the Smasung Heavy Industries shipyard. It is the world’s largest semi-submersible platform and has just been moored off the north west coast of Western Australia, it will be located there for the next 40 years.
Barossa Offshore Project Proposal published for public comment
ConocoPhillips is pleased to advise that the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has published the Barossa Area Development Offshore Project Proposal (Barossa OPP) for public comment.
ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration Pty Ltd (ConocoPhillips) and its co-venturers, SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd is proposing to develop discovered hydrocarbon resources located in Commonwealth waters, approximately 300 kilometres north of Darwin, Northern Territory.
Construction begins on Northern Gas Pipeline
The Chief Minister today welcomed the official start of construction on the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline saying the project will create hundreds of jobs and underpin development in the Barkly region over the coming years.
Construction of Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline is expected to create around 900 jobs, of which 600 could be filled by Territorians. There will also be ongoing maintenance and operations teams based in Tennant Creek and Mount Isa.
Construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline begins in Tennant Creek
Construction officially begins today on the 622 kilometre long Northern Gas Pipeline to run from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa, with more than 90 people attending a sod-turning ceremony at the Phillip Creek compressor station.
The $800 million pipeline will connect the Northern Territory to the national gas grid, and has been touted as a possible solution to the supposed east coast gas shortage.
Top End cattle property Kalala Station returns to market, with contracted sale falling through
A highly-regarded Northern Territory cattle station, which had been under contract for six months, has been returned to the market with the purchaser unable to complete the sale.
A foreign entity had reportedly committed $70 million for Kalala Station, south of Katherine on the Sturt Plateau, in October last year.
Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility begins journey to Australia
Shell Australia’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility left the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea this morning, marking a significant milestone for the project. The facility, constructed by Technip Samsung Consortium, is being towed to North West Australia, where the next phase of the project will commence.
On arrival at the Prelude offshore gas field, 475 kilometres north-north east of Broome, Western Australia, pre-positioned mooring chains will be lifted from the seabed and secured to the facility. Once secure, the complex hook-up and commissioning process will begin.
The safe and reliable start-up of Prelude’s operations will be the project team’s focus through the next phase.
First new major gold mine in Northern Territory in 10 years to begin production within a week
The first new major gold mine in the Northern Territory in the past 10 years will begin production within the next week, after it was given final approvals by the Nothern Territory Government.
Company Emmerson has been exploring the Edna Beryl gold mine just north of Tennant Creek in the Barkly since 2008.
Creating more jobs and improving our lifestyle: Economic Development Framework
A key component of the Northern Territory (NT) Government’s Jobs Plan has been unveiled today with the release of the Economic Development Framework.
The Chief Minister released the NT Government’s long-term work plan for the economy, which has been developed through the Economic Summit process in full consultation with all sectors and the community.
New Linfox terminal in Darwin
Logistics giant Linfox has completed a $10 million intermodal distribution facility in Darwin as it expands its supply chain network in the Northern Territory.
Situated next to the Darwin railhead at East Arm wharf, the 3000 square metre purpose-built facility includes a 500sqm chilled storage area.
Read the full article on the new Linfox terminal in Darwin.
Avocado industry body flags huge potential for Northern Territory crop to fill gap in market
Avocados Australia say there is potential for the Northern Territory to grow the crop and fill a window in the domestic market.
It comes as the NT Government recently released a prospectus for the horticulture industry in the red centre.
The document listed avocados as a possible crop for all five precincts, which include Tennant Creek, Western Davenport, Ti Tree, Alice Springs and the Great Artesian Basin.
Horticulture prospectus aims to create jobs and grow Central Australian industry
The Minister for Primary Industries and Resources this week launched the Investing in the Horticulture Growth of Central Australia prospectus to promote and support new opportunities and diversification of crops in Central Australia.
The investment prospectus was launched at the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) in Alice Springs and aims to encourage new business and create local jobs.
Horticulture investment guide to Central Australia released
A comprehensive Central Australia horticulture growth prospectus has been developed to support investors in Central Australia, with a focus on the diversification of crops and unique opportunities to the region.
The prospectus highlights the Territory’s distinct market advantage in Australian markets as well as overseas markets with counter-seasonal opportunities to potential investors. The Territory’s abundant land, where suitable water and soil resources co-exist, offer significant potential for further horticulture development.
The prospectus covers all the water control districts in Central Australia including Alice Springs, Ti Tree, Western Davenport, Tennant Creek and the Great Artesian Basin.
For more information go to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website.
Darwin Port managers anticipate beef growth
Multi-million dollar investment at the world’s largest live cattle shipping port is paving the way for what it’s Chinese managers expect will be solid growth in the Northern Australian beef industry.
Rizhao-based Landbridge Group, which runs Darwin Port under a 99-year lease agreement with the Northern Territory Government, is pumping $25 million into setting the facility up for a very fast-paced future.
Read the full news article on Darwin Port managers anticipate beef growth.
Creating jobs - Northern Territory’s first ever innovation hub
The Northern Territory Government's Chief Minister today announcing the first innovation hub and start-up incubator.
The Chief Minister also congratulated Paspalis Enterprises Pty Ltd on winning a $500 000 Australian Government grant from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to develop the Northern Territory’s first ever innovation hub.
Unlocking the private sector = the key to the Territory’s future
Five major private sector projects will be supported by the Northern Territory Government in Budget 2017 to unlock investment in the Northern Territory and create hundreds of jobs.
The Chief Minister today announced the five projects which he says will provide a major boost to the economy.
Transforming the Territory
The Chief Minister has today revealed five of the Northern Territory Government’s major projects aimed at boosting the economy, creating and sustaining thousands of jobs across the Northern Territory and transforming our cities and regions into tourist, business and investment attractions.
All five projects will begin in this term of government, with funding starting in the upcoming 2017 Budget for work to roll out from this year.
Read the full media release on transforming the Territory.
$10 million NT Government investment in jobs
The Chief Minister today announced $10 million from Budget 2017 to establish a new Marine Services Hub in Darwin Harbour, underpinning the proposed $100 million Ship Lift facility which has the potential to create hundreds of construction and ongoing jobs.
The $10 million comprises a $5 million investment by the Territory’s Land Development Corporation (LDC) to service land adjacent to the proposed Ship Lift for marine-related businesses to set up shop, and $5 million in collaboration with Pearl Marine Engineering (PME) to progress the project through due diligence.
Next mining boom in Australia will be driven by tech metals for renewable energy and technologies
The Australian mining industry is on the verge of a new mining boom based around so-called tech metals.
And as the race cranks up across the nation to find new deposits of rare earths and other metals, industry itself is calling for the development of a value-adding component.
Research opens up opportunities for African mahogany industry
A project to optimise value from African mahogany plantations has become the first Territory project to attract forest wood products industry R&D funding.
Department of Primary Industry and Resources Principal Research Scientist Dr Mila Bristow said plantation forestry was an increasingly important industry and the second largest production land use in the Northern Territory after cattle grazing, with more than 49 500ha of the NT currently used to produce forestry products in managed plantations.
Mapping the Future for jobs and investment: Budget 2017
The Northern Territory Government has released its new $9.935 million Mapping the Future program which will support scientific teams to identify potential productive land for future use in regional areas and improve natural resources information.
The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources said the program would map the soil, water and biodiversity assets in regional parts of the NT.
Top End abattoir applies to access Chinese beef market, with Europe an option for buffalo meat
The owner of the Northern Territory's Livingstone beef abattoir says it hopes to soon sell meat to China, capitalising on increased market access.
It comes as the Australian Government announced an expansion in the number of meat processors allowed to export chilled beef to China would increase significantly, with other pending approvals fast-tracked.
AccorHotels signs Chifley Alice Springs Resort to network
AccorHotels has revealed Chifley Alice Springs Resort will join its network in July 2017 and at which time the hotel will rebrand to Mercure Alice Springs Resort.
The 139-room resort is currently undergoing a $2 million upgrade of its rooms and facilities, which will see new bathrooms and bedroom fittings installed across its standard rooms, as well as floor-to-ceiling artworks that reflect the history of the Alice Springs region in all rooms.
Australia continues to rank highly for mineral exploration
Australia continues to rank as the most attractive region in the world for mineral exploration investment, when both policy and mineral potential are considered, according to the 2016 Annual Survey of Mining Companies report released this week by the Canadian based Fraser Institute.
According to the report, Western Australia's Investment Attractiveness Index score places it as the third most attractive jurisdiction in the world for investment; followed by Queensland which is ranked tenth. Western Australia has been ranked number one in the world with regards to Best Practice Mineral Potential, followed again by Queensland ranked fourth.
Top End Indigenous land offered up for grazing licences as beef booms
Indigenous land south west of Katherine in the Northern Territory is being offered up for a pastoral lease by traditional owners, in a bid to capitalise on a strong northern cattle industry.
The Northern Land Council (NLC), on behalf of traditional owners, has called for expressions of interest to run cattle on 750 square kilometres of the Menngen Aboriginal Land Trust.
Indonesian live export market moves from strength to strength
- Indonesian live export market moves from strength to strength.
- Indonesia has advised of revised regulations increasing the weight and age limit of live feeder cattle eligible for import into Indonesia.
- Import permits from the Trade Ministry and Recommendation letters from the Ministry of Agriculture will now be valid for 12 months.
- Weight limit increased from 350kg average weight to maximum 450kg.
- This will allow better business planning for exporters and increase the range of cattle eligible for export.
ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018
We are delighted to announce that Sydney will be the host city for the upcoming ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.
The event, expected to be held in March 2018, will mark the first time Australia has hosted a summit with ASEAN.
The summit is an historic and unprecedented opportunity to strengthen Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN and deliver tangible economic and security benefits to Australia.
Read the full media release on ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018.
2017 Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar
The Minister for Primary Industry and Resources today launched the 2017 Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) program.
The minister said AGES is the Territory’s premier exploration event and a key element of the Territory Government’s efforts to attract and support resources exploration by providing state of the art geoscience information and data.
Read the full media release on 2017 Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar.
Australia’s trade by State and Territory
New South Wales' exports hit a new record in 2015-16 (up $3.1 billion), according to Australia's Trade by State and Territory 2015-16 released today. International demand was higher for most states and territories, with export volumes having increased for Tasmania, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.
In 2015-16, Western Australia continued to be Australia's major exporter, accounting for 35.2% of Australia's total exports (valued at $110 billion), followed by New South Wales (22.8%), Queensland (20.1%) and Victoria (13.7%).
Read the full media release on Australia’s trade by State and Territory.
Unearthing riches for regions
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today released two new reports in a series that identifies soils suitable for agriculture across the Territory.
DENR Land Assessment Branch Director Jason Hill said today’s release of the two reports - covering the Tennant Creek West and Ali Curung areas in the Western Davenports - identified more than 90 000 hectares of land suitable for agricultural development on Aboriginal and pastoral land in those areas.
Read the full media release on unearthing riches for regions.
Port's container capacity increased
Darwin's port now has the capacity to handle up to 250 refrigerated containers after an $11 million upgrade by operators Landbridge.
This is a fivefold increase on its previous capacity.
The 2.3ha paved handstand area was made operational in January. It will eventually have the capacity to handle 2000 refrigerated containers.
Read the full article on the port's container capacity increased.
Confirming agricultural development ties with Japan
The Northern Territory and Japanese governments today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which will maximise the access of Territory agri-businesses to the Japanese market.
The historic agreement, involving the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, will promote and progress research and development projects in agriculture and aquaculture in the Northern Territory while also developing supply-chain logistics into the Japanese and South-East Asian markets.
Gas and energy experts say processing Greater Sunrise gas in East Timor is not viable
Peter Strachan, author StockAnalysis; Saul Kavonic, Wood Mackenzie, outline why processing gas from Greater Sunrise onshore in East Timor isn't economically feasible, citing Darwin a better destination if project ever to go ahead.
Source: ABC Rural website.
Northern Territory cattle station adopts drone to muster cattle, check fires
A cattle station in the Northern Territory has turned to drones to muster cattle and check on fires.
Birrindudu Station, on the edge of the Tanami Desert on the Western Australia border, has been using the drone for jobs that might otherwise be done by a helicopter.
Pastoral properties to stay hot in 2017
The niche rural agricultural markets of northern Australia should continue to attract global attention in 2017, according to director and principal of Tanami Rural Property Sue Brosnan.
The Katherine-based real estate agent experienced a huge 2016 realising significant sales of pastoral and agricultural properties across the Northern Territory and Western Australia. She sold seven properties and more than 1.5 million hectares worth $144 million.
Read the full article on pastoral properties to stay hot in 2017.
NT Buffalo Industry Council hopes 20,000 buffalo will eventually be processed or exported
With an increase in live export and a northern meatworks processing buffalo, the Northern Territory Buffalo Industry Council hopes 20 000 head may eventually be harvested and sold each year.
Live exports of buffalo have been slowly increasing over the past few years, with 5,792 buffalo leaving Darwin Port in 2016.
Department of Primary Industry figures show 3,981 buffalo went to Vietnam and 1212 were exported to Malaysia.
Resources and energy exports set to reach record highs
Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are expected to reach record highs of $204 billion in 2016–17.
Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia said the figures in the December 2016 Resources and Energy Quarterly underline the importance of the resources sector to the Australian economy.